The ocean's shifting baseline
The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new "normal." At what point do we stop readjusting downward?
Daniel Pauly expands upon the ideas in the TED Talk he delivered on the 2010 Mission Blue voyage to the Galapagos.
Using a decade-long multinational ‘catch reconstruction’ project, Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller indentify catch trajectories differing considerably from the national data submitted to the FAO.